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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!
God heals and all prayers are subject to God’s will. But prayer is part of God’s healing process.
The Christian’s most powerful resource is communion with God through prayer. The results are often greater than we thought were possible. Some people see prayer as a last resort to be tried when all else fails. This approach is backward. Prayer should come first. Because God’s power is infinitely greater than ours, it only makes sense to rely on it—especially because God encourages us to do so. (NLT)
James 5:13-18 – Are any among you suffering? They should keep on praying about it. And those who have reason to be thankful should continually sing praises to the Lord.
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. – James 5:13 (NRSV)
The title of the story in The Upper Room today is “GOD SEES, HEARS, LOVES” and it is written by Loren Tate Mitchell (Virginia).
Here is Loren’s story:
“I confess that prayer is not the strongest of my spiritual disciplines. I am comfortable leading prayers in worship or praying for someone who is ill. But making a disciplined effort to spend a good amount of time in prayer is very difficult for me. I get anxious when I set still; my mind is not one that easily goes quiet.
“But that day was important. My husband had a big job interview, and we were both anxious. From the time he left the house until the time he returned, I prayed for him. I prayed through my morning routine of showering and dressing. I prayed while I brewed my coffee, and then I sat on the couch for an hour and poured my heart out to the Lord in intercession for my husband. It was an emotionally draining experience, but I believe it was the very best way I could have cared for my spouse.
“It isn’t necessarily the way we pray that matters or whether we sit, kneel, or stand. It isn’t about whether we speak out loud in narrative or make lists, or say one-word prayers throughout the day. What matters most is that we do pray, intentionally and faithfully, pouring out all our joys and fears to God, who sees all, hears all, loves all.”
Prayer: Friend and Redeemer, thank you for the opportunity to communicate with you through prayer. Help us to find ways throughout the day to be in authentic relationship with you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE LOOKING FOR A JOB
To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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SPIRITUAL GROWTH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/spiritual-growth/
RESPOND, RESPONSE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/respond-response/
SEEK, SEEKING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/seek-seeking/
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